Not only the beauty, endurance and the friendly disposition of the Asil Arabian horse inspired Willi Poth, but also the rich history of Egypt, the legends and myths of the Bedouins. With an unmistakable eye for quality, Willi Poth managed again and again to bring special Asil-Egyptian Arabians, true crowd pullers, to his stud farm. Beginning with Ibn Galal (Galal x Mohga), followed by stallions like Mehanna (Galal x Mouna), Sherif Pasha (Ansata Abbas Pasha x Sabah), Mohssen (Ansata Ibn Halima x Bint Mouna), Alidaar (Shaikh Al Badi x Bint Magidaa ) and Lohim (Ansata Ibn Halima x Lohelia). Visitors to the stud farm Classic Egyptian Arabians in southern France were able to convince themselves of its exquisite taste. After 20 years in beautiful southern France, in 2010 Willi and Ursula Poth moved back to their German homeland, to the Hohwieshof estate in Hettingen, Baden-Württemberg.
Whether as an international show judge or organizer, Willi Poth was involved in many areas of the Arabian scene. Since 1986 ECAHO judge he wanted to see horses with Arabian charisma on shows. "No type, no pure-bred Arab!" was his maxim.
He organized the first Egyptian Event shows in Europe in the 1980s, of which visitors still rave about today. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Pyramid Society Europe, whose founding member Willi Poth was, he insisted on visiting the Egyptian Event Europe and shared his memories of the beginnings with others.
After the first Egyptian Events Europe, great "open-bloodline" Arabian horse shows followed on the Iffezheim racetrack near Baden-Baden at the beginning of the 1990s, setting new standards.
Even his age was no reason for Willi Poth to retire. Together with his wife Ursula he traveled tirelessly around the world, his advice was highly respected and welcome. Last year he visited Egyptian Arabian horse breeders in Morocco; he did not rest to pass on his ideals and knowledge at seminars and lectures.
In the recent past well-known breeders of Asil-Egyptians have used some non-Asil-Egyptian stallions in their breeding programmes. Willi Poth remained loyal to the Asil-Egyptian horse. "His true passion was the Asil-Egyptian," said his daughter Susanne. "My father regretted so much that for some breeders apparently trophies are more important than pedigrees. Valuable blood lines are no longer preserved."
Already more than ten years ago, Willi Poth complained that knowledge of pedigrees is no longer appreciated: "Many breeders are no longer aware of the descent of their horses, on demand can merely name the parents. But which genetic material, which potential is in behind a pedigree, they do not know anymore."
Courtesy of Susanne Bösche